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The Kings Arms (Cardington)

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Address: 31 The Green / Cardington / Bedford / MK44 3SP / England

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      10.09.2011 12:37
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      After two visits, lunch time and evening, would not return or recommend

      My family and visited in mid August for a joint birthday and anniversary celebration, party of 8. We had three generations in our party including my pregnant daughter and my parents in their 80's. We booked a table for 7.30 and we waited.......and waited......... When our menus finally arrived we were told of the dishes that were not available! Having taken the starter orders, we waited again.........The starters included prawn cocktails which were good but we had waited so long we were ravenous. Two in the party did not order starters so it was a very long wait for them to eat anything - over 2 hours!!!!!!
      When the starters dishes were collected we were asked if they would like the chefs to start cooking our main courses!!!!!!This was somewhat surprising having waited so long in the first place We were finally served at 9.50pm after making several enquiries!!!!!! We had actually considered leaving and going for fish and chips we were so hungry but waited it out to be courteous. The blue steaks were overcooked and tough, the portions of all meals were small for the price, especially the lamb, with one very small bowl of thin slithers of vegetables between two, the duck was an odd colour, the quality of all food, even sausage and mash was generally mediocre and the service was awful. They were clearly understaffed and to be fair the manager did accept that and made an adjustment to the bill but our family evening was spoilt.
      A week or so ago a friend and I had a lunch date and she suggested The Kings Arms!!! I told her of the evening meal we had had and she (living locally) confirmed that she would never have an evening meal there, having had a similar experience, but that the lunches were much better, and included a very nice baked potato option. Thinking it was deserved a second chance we went and how can a baked potato be spoilt?.
      The baked potato option no longer exists!!!!!. The menu choice was not very imaginative but we opted for the chicken BLT wrap I think it was called. Not sure what the letters stood for but there was no lettuce or tomato visible or tasted in the tasteless dry wrap. The description was with hand cut chips I think, and we were asked if we wanted chips with it. Thinking this referred to the aforementioned chips we said yes and when the order came, discovered that there was a pile of sort of crisps( hand cut chips I think and to be fair I can't remember the exact description but we interpreted it as chips) together with a small bowl of actual chips. Additional starch and additional cost!!!!! A bit sneaky!!!!
      Needless to say, neither of us will go again for lunch or an evening meal.
      Such a shame because it is a pretty place in a lovely village and I am sure would be visited more by the locals and others if the food and service were much improved. Word of mouth is very powerful and in these days, a meal needs to be good value and tasty!!!!!!!

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        07.07.2011 02:41

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        What a disappointment. The service was awful. Our order was wrong and when the food did arrive the presentation and addition of 'raw' cold broccoli as part of a chicken coronation salad (huge leaves with a ball of orange chicken) well it was laughable. The server was more interested in her mobile and chatting to bar staff. The only tip given was - shut up shop - you're not worth it.

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        03.10.2010 13:13

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        We were so looking forward to the eveing however the food was awful.Warm. very warm prawns were served for a start followed by cold fillet this was caused by the very cold pate which sat under the meat. The explannation to us by the kitchen for the prawns was, 'they had sat under a hot lamp',OMG how dangerous is that practice?What really got our beef (excuse the pun) was that the manager was to busy to see us. A total lack of customer care, we shall never return. The food was of a really poor standard.P.s dont order any shell fish!

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        16.03.2009 13:31
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        Don't go if you're a hungry vegetarian

        This is a very nice pub with quite a large selection of pumps. The service was excellent. If you sense an "however" then you would sense right.... However, they don't appear to know how to cater for vegetarians which in this day and age is a bit poor. On the menu there is not a single item marked as suitable for vegetarians. Two items seem possibly suitable but one had said it used pesto which is not normally a vegetarian ingredient as it normally (not always) contains parmesan cheese. Fortunately the website had claimed this dish was aimed at vegetarians. Unfortunately, when it arrived it was little more than a snack. I'm not a big eater but I'd polished it off before my companions had really started their meals. It was perfectly edible but extremely bland. As I'm not a fan of puddings that was the end of my meal and I left feeling as if I hadn't eaten at all and when I got home I made myself a nearly full meal, something I've never done before after eating in a pub. Everyone else (all meat eaters) seemed to have plenty to eat. I liked the beer and the pub and I'd like to go back won't until they modify their menu or I just want a pint. I'll keep an eye on the website.

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          17.09.2008 14:23
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          Great for either a meal with your partner or drink with your mates.

          The Kings Arms is a small but very cosy village pub located in Cardington, close to Bedford and St Neots and home of the two famous Cardington hangers where the Batman films are now recorded. They specialise in freshly cooked food and have recently undergone a change of Management, who have really turned the place around. They are open everyday (11 t o11 Mon-Sat and 11 to 10:30 Sun) and food is served everyday after midday.

          Me and my partner recently visited there for a run of the meal dinner, we had visited the pub previously but only for a few drinks, never for a meal, before the new management took over it was never really much of a restaurant, more of a drinkers pub. Upon arriving there is certainly ample car parking, we had no problem finding a space and were just outside the front door, excellent considering it was raining. Upon entering we were amazed at the transformation, the eating area looked like an upper class restaurant with a wood lodge theme throughout and the pub area looked like a lounge with very modern looking furniture and fittings.

          Unfortunately we did experience poor service upon entering; we had booked a table and were expecting to be shown to that table. We did however stand there for a few minutes without any assistance, in the end we grabbed one of the waitresses and asked where to sit. She asked our surnames and said that the table was reserved over by the tall lamp, when we got there it said reserved for 'McNelly', well our surname is Barker so clearly not ours. In the end we went back to the bar and asked where to sit, the gentlemen said anywhere, so we approached the more upper class looking room, with solid wood tables and chairs; it was also slightly offset from the pub area and produced a more secluded romantic feel which we preferred.

          From then on the service was great, a waitress approached us within a minute asking us for drinks which arrived only a few minutes later. She gave us our menus and left alone to choose our meals, after 10 minutes or so she returned and took our order, I dislike it when waiters come back after two minutes and expect you to have chosen, luckily at the Kings Arms it was not the case. After she had taken our order she left us again and didn't return until the food was ready, she always had a smile on her face and was extremely helpful whenever we asked her a question regarding food/ drink options etc.

          I am pleased to say the food was very good, the portions were generous and offered a wide choice, you can have a pub meal, steak, healthy options all at a good price, expect to pay £8.00 for a pub meal like my Bacon cheese burger with Chips and £13.00 for a steak, very reasonable. The burger was actually the best I've had and I have had a few of them in my time from a large number of pubs. The chips were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and it also came with a variety of refreshing salad to counter the unhealthy aspect of the meal.

          The desserts were equally as tasty, I had a treacle sponge pudding which cost £4.50 and my partner had a lemon cheesecake which I could tell she enjoyed by the pleasing sounds she was making (also cost £4.50).

          We had our table booked for 7:30pm, at the time the atmosphere was peaceful, by the time we were eating however it had picked up and all the tables were full. It wasn't the kind of noise that distracted you or got on your nerves though, it was just background noise which made you feel a little less alone. After we had finished our desserts the waitress collected our plates and we asked for the bill, two minutes later she was back with the card machine ready for me to pay. The meal cost around £37 altogether which I was happy to pay for a great evening and great service apart from the opening incident.

          I would defiantly recommend the pub to anyone in the area, the new décor is lovely and really makes it feel like you are in an expensive restaurant, the food is also delicious and tastes freshly made. In summer you are able to sit outside in their beer garden which has plenty of benches and areas with shade for those who aren't fans of too much sun.

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          A traditional village pub.